Sunday, November 20, 2011

the blue land of the pinks!!... 2011-11-20

 first sun today... complete with spots!!... (c) 2011
 open skies above the clagg!!.... (c) 2011
still invisible Soil beneath a snowfield of fog!!.... (c) 2011
shiftiing alpine peaks in the pennines!!.... (c) 2011
 paul..... (c) 2011
 bradford clagg!!!.... (c) 2011
 the blue land of the pinks!!.... (c) 2011
 pinks above the fogs.... (c) 2011
pink profusion!! (c) 2011

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Sunday 20 November 2011
Counting period: 7:05-13:05
Weather: CALM, E F1, SE, SW F3, S F1, CALM, E F1, 9 but always with vv becoming 1ok, 6deg C becoming "hot" in sun, 100m becoming 30km, fogs soon clearing up her to give good visibility out over a blanket of deep fog in the vallies below, QNH 1018 ridging1019-1017
Observers: Dave Barker, Lester Ward

Pink-footed Goose - 260
Meadow Pipit 2 -
Greenfinch 3 -
Golden Plover 4 -
alba wagtail sp. 2 -
Goldfinch 4 -
Grey Plover - 1
Fieldfare 143 -
Reed Bunting 1 -
Lapwing 2 -
Redwing 68 -
Red Admiral 1 -
Stock Dove 13 -
Starling 13 -
Woodpigeon 35 -
Chaffinch 13 -

Totals: 565 individuals, 16 species, 6:00 hours

Present: Wren 1

Comments: Another teriffic almost calm morning up here looking out in brilliant sunshine over a sea of fog clogging all of the land and vallies below. Not a continuation of yesterday but nevertheless and most interestingly a couple of pure Redwing flocks were very different. Pigeons today hardly any and certainly no high ones that we could see with just very small numbers south. After yesterday, Starlings virtually absent but late morning trans Pennine pinks still going for it with all traveling above the fogs NW today. A Grey Plover heard calling could not be located as it went N. Again a Red Admiral going south in the HOT pre mid day sunshine! A Wren was at the watchpoint throughout. At midday the air shifted back into the east bringing the dark fogs and stench of the city up onto the moor... only briefly tho as the air shifted back south and all was clear again! Gulls not counted but again very many going south above the fogs throughout.


the big (pig) secret?.... 2011-11-19

 post sunrise today.... (c) 2011
 the Airedale fogs at dawn!....
 more fogs at dawn!!!... (c) 2011
 pigs in the blue!!.... (c) 2011
 lenticularis prevails!... (c) 2011
 mid morning vista!.... (c) 2011
 low ball south... taken a few weeks ago... with Man Stone backdrop... (c) 2011
 lowish ball north..... (c) 2011
 mega high ball north.... (c) 2011
 mega high ball north (c) 2011
 high ball north.... (c) 2011
 high ball north.... (c) 2011
 White Crag, twix Aire and Wharfe both fog clagged, with Simon Seat beyond.... (c) 2011
the second White House through the fog banks.... (c) 2011
more high balls north.... (c) 2011

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Saturday 19 November 2011
Counting period: 7:15-13:30
Weather: S F1 becoming SSE F3, 2ok reducing, inversion with 2/3degC below fogs but 6/7 degC up at watchpoint, 50km reducing, fog in vallies but watchpoint clear, QNH 1015 ridging 1016 then 1015
Observers: Dave Barker, Lester Ward

Pink-footed Goose - 436
alba wagtail sp. 2 -
buzzard sp. 2 -
Starling - 867
Golden Plover 236 -
Chaffinch 2 -
Woodpigeon - 2028
Greenfinch 3 -
Skylark 1 -
Red Admiral 6 -

Totals: 3583 individuals, 10 species, 6:15 hours

Comments: In all respects, a brilliant day for the time of year.....Report to follow! Gulls not counted but tremendous move south throughout the morning at all ranges.


a positive check!.... 2011-11-1

sunrise today..... (c) Lester Ward 2011

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Friday 18 November 2011
Counting period: 7:15-8:00
Observers: Lester Ward

No counts 0:45 hours

Comments: A flying pre sunrise visit to the watchpoint fitted in amongst other things. No counts but just long enough to see that migration was nowhere near finished with pigeons and thrushes especially prominant.


checking it out!.... 2011-11-17

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Thursday 17 November 2011
Counting period: 13:00-14:00
Weather: SSW F4, 2ok, 11degC, 20km and more, QNH 1015 falling
Observers: Lester Ward

Cormorant 1 -
Snipe - 1
Goosander 2 -
Chaffinch 1 -
Lapwing 20 -
finch sp. 2 -

Totals: 27 individuals, 6 species, 1:00 hours

Comments: No more than expected


nothing doing today!.... 2011-11-13

Oxenhope, Bradford (W Yorks, England)
Sunday 13 November 2011
Counting period: 6:55-10:10
Weather: wind East3, cloud-cover 8/8, precipitation drizzle, visibility 75m, temperature 10 ℃, E F3/4, 9ok, 10degC, 75 -100m deep fog, drizzle, QNH 1030 rising 1031
Observers: Dave Barker

Totals: 0 individuals, 0 species, 3:15 hours

Present: Teal 19

Comments: Deep fog here this morning and even at lower altitudes. No moving birds either seen or heard today but a group of Teal were grounded on the water.